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Inez Tan is a fiction writer, poet, and educator based in southern California and Singapore. Her debut collection of short stories from Epigram Books (Singapore, London), This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone, was a #2 bestseller in Singapore (Straits Times). She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine.
Inez holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship for 2015. During that year, she also served as a pedagogical mentor to graduate student instructors in creative writing. She also holds a B.A. in English with highest honors from Williams College.
Inez grew up in Singapore from ages seven through fifteen, and has lived in eight different cities in the U.S. before and after. She was a 2017 Fellow of Kundiman, a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing, and has received the Academy of American Poets Award (2018), the Nora Folkenflik Award for Excellence in Poetry (2018), the Jose and Susana Encinias Award in Creative Writing (2018), first place in the Singapore Unbound Poetry Contest (2015), and an Honorable Mention for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award (2013). Her work has appeared in Rattle, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Softblow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and the anthology A Luxury We Must Afford from Math Paper Press.
Her current interests include the intersection of Composition and Creative Writing pedagogy, food writing, and roleplaying games.
Inez Tan is the author of This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone: Stories (Epigram Books, 2018), which was a national bestseller in Singapore. Her writing has won the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has been featured in Rattle, Hyphen, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and Fairy Tale Review. In 2017 she was a Fellow of Kundiman, a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. She holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine. Find her online at ineztan.com.
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